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Charges after avalanche could lead to slippery slope

Oct. 24, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The two snowboarders talk about snow conditions and route selection as they drop in, one at a time. Gusting wind is blowing snow across the ridge as they wind between reefy rocks. “Avalanche!” yells Tyler DeWitt as he cranks to a stop below his friend Evan Hannibal. The two...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 file photo, A Pacific Gas and Electric worker looks up at the advancing Creek Fire along Highway 168 near Alder Springs, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric will cut power to over 1 million people on Sunday to prevent the chance of sparking wildfires as extreme fire weather returns to the region, the utility announced Friday. Oct. 23, 2020.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

PG&E may cut power to over 1 million people in California

Oct. 24, 2020 3:15 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric may cut power to over 1 million people on Sunday to prevent the chance of sparking wildfires as extreme fire weather returns to the region, the utility announced Friday. The nation's largest utility said it could black out customers in 38 counties —...

Melanie Luther embraces her two daughters Julie and Alex after reuniting with them and her husband Bryan Luther after all three were stranded in Estes Park when the city was evacuated due to the East Troublesome Fire, now the second largest in Colorado history, at The Dam Store along U.S. Highway 34 near Loveland, Colo., on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Bethany Baker/The Coloradoan via AP)

Colorado wildfire becomes second largest in state history

Oct. 23, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's second-largest wildfire in state history was most likely caused by human activity, Gov. Jared Polis said Friday. The East Troublesome fire which forced nearby evacuations and closed Rocky Mountain National Park took over 265 square miles (686 square kilometers) — an area...

2 California wildfires last year blamed on electrical lines

Oct. 23, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigations found that damaged electrical equipment ignited two Southern California wildfires last year, including one that threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, a fire agency said Thursday. The investigative results for two fires that broke out northwest of...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference in Johnston, Iowa. Iowa is planning to use millions of dollars in federal pandemic funds on a long-term plan to improve data management across state agencies, a second information technology project that may not fit the purpose of the aid. State and federal auditors this week told Iowa’s executive branch to return millions of dollars to the state’s $1.25 billion coronavirus relief fund that have been spent on new accounting and human resources software.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa's use of pandemic aid for 2nd IT project draws scrutiny

Oct. 22, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is planning to use millions of dollars in federal pandemic relief funds on a long-term plan to improve data management across state agencies, a second information technology project that may not fit the intended purpose of the aid. State and federal auditors this week told...

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Oct. 21, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it's clear the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress. The only thing that seems certain beyond that is uncertainty, with Capitol...

Senate workers remove posters and ribbons placed by demonstrators protesting against Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s effort to eliminate trust funds which he says are sources of corruption, at an entrance to the Senate in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The Senate passed various laws on Wednesday eliminating over 100 trusts which finance everything from science to movie productions to disaster relief. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Mexico Senate kills 109 government disaster, science funds

Oct. 21, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party pushed legislation through the Senate on Wednesday to eliminate 109 semi-independent government trust funds that finance everything from science to movie productions to disaster relief. In a party-line vote,...

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows a natural color photo of Mountain Ridge Road and Foothills Ranch Drive, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, after the CalWood Fire burned through the area, west of Longmont, Colo., in Boulder County. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

Some 3,000 firefighters fight to contain Colorado wildfires

Oct. 21, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — It’s a snapshot from hell: A group of firefighters brace themselves against a furious wind blowing dust and debris and fanning flames in a reddish-orange Martian landscape that is all too real for crews battling several dangerous wildfires in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming....

Correction: Railroad Bridge-Major Disaster story

Oct. 21, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

PROSSER, Wash. (AP) — In a story October 20, 2020, about a Washington state request for federal disaster relief because of widespread widlfires in September, The Associated Press erroneously reported the state had asked that a destroyed, 100-year-old bridge across the Yakima River near Prosser be included....

Maine farmers eligible for federal assistance due to drought

Oct. 21, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The federal government is making Maine's farmers eligible for disaster relief assistance due to the drought that has affected the state. Most of Maine is facing extreme or severe levels of drought, according to the United States Drought Monitor. U.S. Department of Agriculture...